Modern life is taking a toll on children and young people, with almost 50% of them unable to sleep because of stress and worry, with others missing meals or avoiding school or friends (YouGov survey 2014).
Despite promises of extra funding to NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAHMS) they are in crisis with waiting times often reaching 18 months or more, and only the most severe cases being accepted. Other services have had their funding cut in recent years.
Many local children and young people are in desperate need of support with mental health issues and the lack of existing services to help them is having a devastating effect on them and their families. Children often feel overwhelmed, frightened and alone without the help they need, and can begin self-harming and even become suicidal.
Nature and Nurture CIC offers psychological, creative and holistic therapies for children and young people in Derbyshire and beyond, who are experiencing emotional problems. We are a community interest company operating as a not-for-profit social enterprise.
Our unique approach to working with children and young people is based on two key principles:
- Holistic service – we offer therapies to treat and nurture both the mind and the body. The latest research in the field of neuroscience shows that a combination of talking therapies and ‘body-based’ activities gives the best chance of recovery from trauma and improving emotional wellbeing
- Environment – we believe that the environment that therapy is offered in is crucially important. Sunshine Barn, home of Nature and Nurture, is a suite of sympathetically restored and cosily furnished farm buildings set in the countryside. It offers a safe, non-clinical, peaceful and nurturing environment with access to nature and animals – both proven to aid healing.
Early intervention from services such as Nature and Nurture can provide tremendous relief, and prevent problems escalating. We offer support to children individually and in groups, and we also offer support to parents/carers.
We do not charge for our services. Our work is funded by grants, corporate sponsors, private donations and our own fundraising, so that all children and young people – regardless of their parent/carer’s financial situation – can experience and benefit from all that Nature and Nurture has to offer. However, if parents/carers are able to make donations towards the cost of their childrens’ therapy, this is always very much appreciated.